School Year Programs
Want to schedule a field trip, or can’t make it to the museum? We’ll welcome you aboard or take some shore leave! Contact Katy Menne, Curator of Education, for more information! 910.477.5153 or [email protected]
Topics include: Lighthouses and Lightships, Maritime Tragedies, Local Sea life, Colonial Times, Civil War, Slavery, Native Americans and so much more!
NEW Homeschool programs are offered the last Friday of every month. Classes are geared for First Mates and Quartermasters, Ages 7 – 17, and run 2 – 3pm. Each class is $7 per child. All programs are subject to NC state taxes, 10% Family Membership and above discount applies. Registration closes the day prior at 5pm!
- January 25: Native Americans
Walk through the gallery and focus on Eastern Woodland Native Americans in the Lower Cape Fear. Their transportation, food-ways, and housing will be discussed. Walk to Indian Trail Tree to see their ingenuity first hand and discuss folklore and oral traditions. While in the park, students will write and illustrate their own creation stories.
- February 22: Pirates
Sail back to colonial pirate days and discuss our Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet and the Battle of the Sandbars. Learn propaganda and markings of pirate flags then create your very own to fly proudly.
- March 29: Colonial Time
Lesson will surround the settling on the Lower Cape Fear by Europeans and their success and failures. Students will learn how children entertained themselves in their free time by playing colonial games.
- April 26: Civil War & Slavery
Students will discuss plantation and city slaves in Brunswick County, from Colonial Times to the Civil War era, technological changes in warfare, as well as life on the home front.
- May 24: Sea Life
Students will learn about the sea life of the Lower Cape Fear Region and how they have helped the region economically.
- August 30: Lighthouses & Lightships
Discuss the importance of the three lighthouses of the Lower Cape Fear Region and the Frying Pan Lightship. Items include building materials, distance the light reaches, and type of light. Students will then paint their own lighthouse to take home.
- September 27: World Wars
Learn about life on the home front, and technology that helped and hindered the wartime efforts, including weaponry, significant naval battles, and how the families left behind made ends meet. Discuss women and African Americans in the Lower Cape Fear during this era.
- October 25: Fishing Fleet
How did this sleepy seaside town make money? Dive into what made Southport economically stable. Discuss types of fishing vessels and what they would haul up, with a special look at menhaden fishermen.
- November 22: Preservation & Conservation
Learn how natural and cultural organizations preserve artifacts for future generations, and the steps taken to protect our oceans. Brainstorm ways we can do our part to preserve and conserve the world we live in.